NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last night before the contest between the Blue Jackets and the Penguins that the city of Columbus has been selected to host the 2015 NHL All-Star Celebration. Of the decision, Bettman said, “Columbus is an ideal city for our All-Star Celebration. The facilities are first-rate, the Blue Jackets are exciting and entertaining and the fans passionately support their team and our League. Our players, sponsors, media and guests are looking forward to being in Columbus for the All-Star activities.”
Columbus was originally set to host the 2013 All-Star Weekend, before the event was canceled due to the lockout. As club Majority Owner John P McConnell stated, “The All-Star Celebration is a marquee event featuring the best players in the world and the Blue Jackets are thrilled to be able to bring it to Central Ohio for our fans and community. Columbus and the Arena District offer an unmatched setting for this celebration of hockey and the NHL’s commitment to having the events here speaks volumes about the support of our fans and the strength of our market.”
The weekend features a host of events, entertainment, and activities, including a draft, skills competition, and All-Star game. Blue Jackets season ticket holders will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase All-Star Game and/or All-Star Skills Competition tickets.
The All-Star Celebration will take place Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25.